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Morning Skate Report: January 16, 2020

Golden Knights look to regroup against Senators

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights (24-19-6) will look for their first win since Jan. 4 as they take on the Ottawa Senators (16-22-8) on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. PT at Canadian Tire Centre.

NOTES
The Golden Knights announced a coaching change Wednesday. Peter DeBoer was named the head coach of the team while Gerard Gallant and Mike Kelly were relieved of coaching duties.

DeBoer will be behind the bench for Vegas on Thursday in Ottawa.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340

LAST TIME OUT
Vegas suffered its fourth consecutive loss Tuesday in a 4-2 defeat to the Buffalo Sabres. Tomas Nosek and Reilly Smith found the back of the net for the Golden Knights, but Jack Eichel's two points carried the Sabres to victory.

A VEGAS VICTORY WOULD…

  • Be the 119th win in franchise history
  • Give DeBoer a win in his first game with the organization

OPPOSITION UPDATE
With 40 points in 46 games, the Senators sit second to last in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa has just one win in its last 10 games and is on an eight-game winless streak (0-4-4).

Anthony Duclair's production has been a bright spot for Ottawa as he leads the team with 32 points (21G, 11A). Jean-Gabriel Pageau is the only other 30-point scorer with the Senators with 31 (19G, 12A).

KEYS TO THE GAME
Start of Something New: Thursday's game will be the first with DeBoer at the helm. While it will take longer than one game to implement his systems, Thursday will at least be a starting point.

Play for Each Other: A coaching change can change a locker room, but it can also galvanize players to find new strength. They'll find that strength in each other as they look to snap the four-game skid and get off to the right start under their new bench boss.

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